Yesterday I participated in a retreat at Rosemary Heights with some of my work colleagues from the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Before leaving my house in the morning, I texted some of my closest friends asking them if there was anything or anyone they wanted me to pray for.
I was affirmed and surprised by their prayer requests (I’ve slightly edited some of them to protect privacy):
- My heart
- My sister in the Philippines
- The health and happiness of our newborn
- Me as I recently broke up with my fiancee
- The youth ministry coordinator
- That we will be blessed with children
- Good work-life balance
- That my dad finds a purpose that makes him happy
- My aunt having surgery tomorrow
- My mom’s 70th birthday
- My aunt who is ill
- My dad and how he fits into my life
- Peace in my heart
- My relationship with my boyfriend
- A healthy granddaughter
- Dissertation, move, and travel mercies
- Vocation, family, and ministry
- Me, my wife, and my family
- That we can sell our house
- A safe trip for my in laws
- My upcoming trip overseas
- Health of my relatives
- Ministry inspiration and vision
- My sister’s job transition
- My friend who is struggling
- My friend how just went through dialysis
- Wisdom, clarity, and discernment and for God to open doors where He desires
- My friend having struggles in her marriage
- Safe labour for my wife
- Our newborn daughter
Continue reading It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask – The Power of a Prayer Request
Here are Kayla’s reflections upon receiving Jesus for the first time on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at St. Paul Parish in Richmond.
Music is “Abide With Me” by Matt Maher off his album “Saints and Sinners”.
Today is the Annunciation, the Christian celebration of the announcement by the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ. Despite being a virgin, Mary would miraculously conceive a child who would be called the Son of God.
As my friend and colleague Tom East has said, “I think this is an important day for us as youth ministers. We have the chance to be like Gabriel and bear God’s message of love and promise to teenagers. We speak on God’s behalf as we tell a young person: you are beautiful inside and out, and God has a plan for your life. What a privilege, this ministry we share.”
Continue reading Emulating Mary’s “Yes”: God Doesn’t Call the Qualified, He Qualifies the Called
On Friday night, we held FREEDOM – our annual reconciliation event for youth – at St. Joseph Parish in Langley. Close to 300 teens and young adults packed the parish hall for an evening of prayer, worship, praise, skits, witness, and catechesis.
Also, there were over a dozen priests (including Archbishop Michael) present to hear confessions. I spoke to a couple of them and they said that the quality of the confessions was really good. I’ve also heard priests in the past say that the event affirms their priesthood. That’s kinda cool.
Continue reading Let it Go (Giving up Control): Reflections on FREEDOM
Yesterday was the first day in the new John Paul II Pastoral Centre. After months of anticipation, it was nice to finally get into our new building.
Here’s a look at my day…diary style.
6:45am: I rolled out of bed after just three hours of sleep. I guess I was too excited to get a decent sleep. Reminded me of the night before the first day of school. Or the night before releasing a new Canucks music video.
7:40am: I leave my home in Steveston via car.
8:09am: I make a left turn onto West 33rd and have to wait in traffic for about five minutes because of the construction in front of our building. Still, this shaved about 10 to 15 minutes off my commute.
8:14am: I pull into the underground parking garage and park in spot number one. Appropriate for me given my ego I guess haha. Continue reading My First Day in the New John Paul II Pastoral Centre